Toy Retailer Hired A Designer To Create ‘Friends’ Barbie Dolls, And They Delivered
Over the years, Mattel’s famous Barbie dolls have been made as nurses, celebrities, supermodels, athletes and other inspiring figures. Surprisingly, one of the world’s most successful TV franchises ever, Friends, never had a Barbie treatment…. Until now!
The Toy Zone asked concept artist Margarita Zhitnik to try to imagine what Friends characters would look like if they were Barbie dolls, and she delivered just the thing. They’re loaded with clothes, props, and references from the most memorable scenes, and in my opinion, as one of the die-hard fans of the show, I think they turned out awesome. Let’s pray Mattel will heed our prayers and make it real someday!
Ross’s Leather Pants Set
“Ahead of a date with the comically named Elizabeth Hornswoggle, Ross decides to experiment with leather pants. He looks surprisingly okay in them – when he can get them on. But it’s pure torture for Chandler, who has bet Ross $50 that he can last a week without making insults.”
Turkey On Monica’s Head Barbie
“Some serious backstory is unveiled in The One With All The Thanksgivings, including the origins of Rachel’s nose and some early flirting between Chandler and Monica. We also discover that more than one character has wound up with a turkey on their head in the past.
After Chandler discovers the truth about how Monica caused him to lose his toe way back in ’88, Monica resolves to win him over by… dancing with a (real) turkey on her head. Which leads to Chandler’s first expression of love for her and Joey getting terrified, of course.”
Joey Wears Chandler’s Clothes Set
“Could Joey be wearing any more clothes? Actually, yes. In The One Where No One’s Ready, Joey wears all of Chandler’s clothes at once in an act of revenge for some missing underwear. But in real life, Joey’s thrift shop look was created by cutting strips from Chander’s early Friends wardrobe and sealing it at the back with Velcro for Matt LeBlanc’s convenience.
We’ll leave it to you to find out whether Joey is truly ‘going commando’ under there. Just find somewhere stable to prop up your ‘exasperated Chandler’ doll while you manipulate plastic Joey into a series of lunges.”
Ross Dressed As An Armadillo
“It’s the ultimate Hanukkah/Christmas gift for the 38-year-old Friends fan in your life. When NBC debuted its Friends season 7 festive special in December 2000, nobody expected it to disrupt the corporate Judeo-Christian hegemony with, well, an armadillo suit. But Friends still had some surprises left to spring.
Ross is looking after his son Ben over the holiday season and resolves to verse Ben in his Jewish heritage. But when Ben insists that only Santa can complete his Christmas, Ross finds that it’s too late to rent a Santa suit. So he invents the Holiday Armadillo instead. And then Chandler turns up as Santa. And Joey turns up as Superman. But that’s a whole other copyright minefield, so here’s the Holiday Armadillo Barbie!”
Joey Pretends He Owns A Porsche
“Joey finds the keys to a Porsche. Unfortunately for him, the owner (who lives Upstate, of course) takes it away. So, to convince people that he still has the Porsche, he becomes a ‘Porsche guy.’ Porsche cap. Porsche bomber jacket. Porsche fanny pack. “Did a Porsche throw up on you?”
Of course, all of these garments and accessories lend themselves perfectly to the Barbie doll concept. Joey’s Porsche obsession may only be a subplot in The One with Joey’s Porsche, but we’re sure you’re going to play with it the most – and it’s a lot safer than a plastic gun!”
Monica, Rachel, And Phoebe: Girls Sat In Wedding Dresses
“Everybody loves a wedding. And everybody loves a wedding episode. The One With All The Wedding Dresses is neither of those things. But so enthralled is Monica with the concept of getting married that she wears Emily’s potential dress for half the episode anyway. Phoebe joins in cos the dress feels comfortable, and Rachel joins in… well, for emotional comfort.
The Friends writers got to have their (wedding) cake and eat it – all three leading actresses in a wedding dress, without ruining the “on-again, off-again, on-again, off-again” tension by actually marrying someone.”
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